Tips: How to avoid being a ‘scary’ neighbour this Halloween

Halloween is approaching ‘scarily’ fast so whilst you are planning your celebrations give a thought to how to make sure your neighbours don’t get an unpleasant shock.

Cities and students go together like peas in a pod. We are proud of what you bring to #TeamLivUni whether that is in Liverpool or any of our other campuses or partner universities.

Whether you are new at university this year and staying in halls, or you are a veteran student and have ventured out to live in our local community, you have a responsibility to help us to maintain positive relationships with our neighbours and the wider community.

Respecting your community

Cities are home to diverse communities of people. This brings with it many benefits and the vast majority of our student community place a great deal of value on being able to experience this aspect of university life.

It is important, therefore, that we respect and protect this. Anti-social behaviour – whether it be noise, litter or inappropriate behaviour – can cause major issues for local residents, which in turn impact on your overall experience as a student in our city – one which you now call home.

It’s great being with friends but please remember that houses or flats with multiple occupants can easily cause disturbance to neighbours, especially if you are planning a celebration at home for the evening or are gathering with friends before or after going out.

Consider that you may have a family with young children nearby, an elderly couple or people trying to work from home. Noise disturbance or anti-social behaviour can lead to a great deal of stress for those around you, so please try to think of others.

  • Keep music, the TV volume and any other noise at a reasonable level at all times. If you like loud music, use headphones. Professional sound systems are definitely not suitable for use in a home.
  • How late is reasonable? Most people agree that 11pm is a suitable time to make sure noise levels are low so you are not disturbing the sleep of those around you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when walking through neighbourhoods at night. Loud voices can easily carry and cause disturbance to those around you.
  • Keep your property clean and don’t dump rubbish. Make sure you know when your bin collection day is so you can do your bit to keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy.

Reporting problems

If you experience problems within your local community, whether it be noise, COVID-19 breaches or other anti-social behaviour, you can report this by emailing us on You can also make use of the formal processes provided by Liverpool City Council. This process gives us the opportunity to work closely with our longstanding partners and ensure that all relevant incidents are investigated and dealt with appropriately.

Remember that as a student you need to adhere to our Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline.

If you’re not familiar with the policy, make sure you take a look and read the document, as it outlines how we expect you to behave both on and off campus as a student at the University. It is important that you pay particular attention to Appendix I (PDF), which highlights what we consider to be non-academic misconduct.